Joseph Klasch, 96


Joseph “Joe” Klasch, 96, of Erie, and formerly of Corry and San Diego, Calif., died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Hospice Unit, Erie, after a brief illness.

Mr. Klasch was born May 19, 1913, in Walkerton, Va., the son of the late Julia (Werbinski) and Andrew Klasch.

Mr. Klasch was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Mae Thomas Klasch, in 1995; three brothers, John, Theodore and Elmer Klasch; two sisters, Eva Vanderhoof and Stella Klasch; and one granddaughter, Kelli Ann Klasch.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Jeannette Sitter (Gilbert) of Erie, Joseph T. Klasch (Victoria) of Placerville, Calif., James Klasch of Goodyear, Ariz., and Judy Farrar of Erie; three sisters: Helen Hollister of Mayville, N.Y., Mary Messina of Mesa, Ariz., and Mildred Borsa of Erie; seven grandchildren, Peter Sitter (Susan), Keith Sitter (Maureen), Wendy Wurz (David), Julia English (Bob), Melanie Heintz (Fred), Elizabeth Chous (Paul), and Janet Ruoff; 10 great-grandchildren: Ryan Sitter (Lynnsey), Sean Sitter (Katy), Ted and Emma English, Chase Sitter, Justin and Tyler Smith, Atticus and Charlie Chous, and Henry Heintz; and one great-great-grandchild, Liam Sitter.